Gethen Roland TURPIN


TURPIN, Gethen Roland

Service Number: 3513
Enlisted: 23 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Augusta, South Australia, May 1897
Home Town: Port Adelaide, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action , France, 2 April 1917
Cemetery: Noreuil Australian Cemetery
No known grave - Memorial
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

23 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3513, Keswick, South Australia
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3513, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3513, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
26 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion
2 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3513, 50th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...3513 Private Gethen Roland Turpin, 10th Battalion. A labourer from Port Adelaide, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 11th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 27 October 1915 aboard HMAT Benalla (A24) for Egypt. On 26 February 1916 he was transferred to the 50th Battalion which relocated to the Western Front, France, in June 1916. He was appointed Lance Corporal in late November 1916 and promoted to Corporal the following March. Cpl Turpin was killed in action near Noreuil on 2 April 1917. His grave and 81 others were destroyed by shellfire and his name is recorded on a special memorial in the Noreuil Australian Cemetery. He was aged 19 years." - SOURCE (